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I love getting unusual cupcake requests and this has to to be one of my favourites. I was asked to make Ancient Egyptian themed cupcakes for our friend’s children and I was so excited. I chose to make fondant toppers shaping them in to pyramids, pharaohs, hieroglyphics and mummies. I aimed to make them as kid friendly as possible using pastel colours and made the pharaohs smiley. I used gold shimmery dust to make a few of them sparkle so they matched the gold cases.

Today is sweet Shannon’s 21st Birthday! I heard her favourite flavour is Oreo, so inspired by the cool greyish colour of the frosting I went for a silver and gold theme. To decorate the Oreo ones I handmade toppers using flowerpaste and shimmery dust. For the vanilla cupcakes I sprinkled them with these non-pareils and small sugar flowers in a matching gold. I think this might be my new fave colour combo, especially the warm gold colour and I love that the cupcake flavours kind of matched too. I hope Shannon had a brilliant day and a memorable birthday! x

Aside from the occasional Race For Life and a frantic dash for the train I never run. Therefore, anyone that runs any marathon is a superhero to me. It’s an incredible achievement that supports so many charities and I wish I could give everyone that ran a cupcake. However, this batch is reserved for my amazing friend that ran it this year. She did so well and I can only imagine all the kinds of strength it takes to get round the 26 miles. I apparently think all running should end in cupcakes (evident here), so to celebrate her achievement I made these vanilla cupcakes filled with raspberry jam. I recreated the marathon medals by making circles out of  ’chestnut‘ coloured fondant which I dusted with gold. I placed them over those delicious fizzy strawberry belts you get at the cinema, which I cut up and curved over the frosting. Congratulations buddy and to everyone that took part this year!

I don’t really see Ginetta as my friend’s Mum, but as one of my own friends. She is amazing for so many reasons. Not only is she one heck of a scrabble opponent (we’ve been constantly playing ‘Words With Friends’ for years now),but she is warm, kind and has always been so welcoming to me. She is also one of those incredible people full of drive, ambition and passion for things she loves. For her 50th birthday cake I decided to combine two of these things, horseriding and flowers. As soon as I saw this stand I knew I had to use it for the base of the cake. It took me ages to track it down and it finally made it’s way to the UK thanks to my Dad via hand luggage (oops).  Not knowing a lot about flowers I was lucky enough to have the help of Alexia from Bluebell and George. She helped me figure out how to arrange the flowers on the cake and chose the gorgeous yellow and purple calle lilies. I adore the shades she chose they work so perfectly together and stood out so nicely on top of the cake. For the cake itself I made a three tier Madiera cake using this simple recipe, then filled it with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream. To decorate it I covered the whole thing in more vanilla buttercream and then wrapped a piece of clear acetate around the cake, so the flowers wouldn’t be directly touching it. We glued the calle lilies onto the acetate and secured them with a matching coloured ribbon. I love that the cake is kind of hidden and the beautiful flowers are the focus. I hope she enjoys her cake and her special day. Happy 50th Birthday Ginetta!

Little Bird are a company who share an office with Found, where my sister works. One of their little birds, Rhianon, is flying the nest this week and so these cupcakes are a farewell to her. When I agreed to make these cupcakes I was unsure of what I was going to do. I pretty much instantly fell in love with the logo and colour combo of the company. It’s just so darn cute. So that was my starting point. But, it wasn’t until I sat down with a pile of fondant icing, some cutters and their website up in front of me that it all came together. The turquoise and brown together is quite striking but to me is softened by the scalloped topper, simple bird and flower. I opted for chocolate cake to keep with the colours and turquoise vanilla frosting. I hope she has a brilliant last day and enjoys her cupcakes!